Analysis, Integration, and Mod...

Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES)

AIMES Overview

AIMES is the Earth System synthesis and integration project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). It builds on the foundation of the Global Analysis, Integration and Modeling (GAIM) task force. The challenge for AIMES is to achieve a deeper and more quantitative understanding of the role of human perturbations to the Earth's biogeochemical cycles and their interactions with the coupled physical climate system. AIMES will focus on:

  • The functioning of global biogeochemical cycles, including interactions and feedbacks with the physical climate system;
  • The interplay between human activities and biogeochemical cycles, both in the past and into the future;
  • How the biogeochemical cycles function on different time scales.


AIMES Open Science Conference

Global Change, Climate and People

In May 10-13, 2010 at the Edinburgh International Conference Center in the UK, AIMES held its first Open Science Conference: "Earth System Science: Climate, Global Change and People". The conference was  structured around three broad themes:

Earth system modelling: from observations and process understanding to prediction and risk assessment

Dynamics of biogeochemical cycles and climate: transitions, instabilities and feedbacks

People and resources—perspectives on the relations among environment, ecosystems and human needs